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Sep 6, 2013

new-to-me kitchen shelf

It's finally Friday! It always seems like a long week after a holiday Monday. I got off to a slow start this week, but lots of great things are coming together! 

You all remember my post last Saturday about that random garage sale I went to in order to buy some cheap antique milk bottles? You know, the one where we went to my mother in law's friend's pastor's mom's son's garage sale? You need to read and catch up if you haven't! That post has become a personal favorite of mine. I've read it at least 10 times. I smile every time!

Well, when I bought the milk bottles, they were in pretty scummy shape! I ran them through the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle a few times and all but one came out sparkly and beautiful. The 4th bottle, which happens to be my favorite is camped out in the laundry room filled with vinegar in hopes to disolve the lime build up. 

I wasn't quite sure where I was going to put all these milk bottles. I thought these three needed to stay as a trio together. I moved them all around my kitchen and house trying to find the perfect spot for them and nothing was jiving so I stuck them in a crate off to the side for the time being.

I've been working on getting a $12 thrifted shaker peg shelf painted this week that I was planning to put in my kitchen to brighten up a dark wall. It was the same shelf I found on my really good picking adventure I shared with you almost two weeks ago. It was kind of a dingy brown color. Well, my husband and I finally got it hung Wednesday night! It took two people as it was pretty heavy. He is usually the brains behind my wall hanging adventures. If it were up to him, there would be NO HOLES but we need to make this house a home one of these days :)

I have been wanting to change up that kitchen wall for a while but wasn't quite sure what to do. I follow an amazing blog called Love Grows Wild where you can find simple, easy ideas to decorate with on a budget. Liz spray painted a shelf she had a nice bright white color and styled it with some fun things she had around the house already. 

This added such a nice, simple and tasteful touch to her kitchen and inspired me to try some shelf styling of my own!

So, once my new-to-me almond colored shelf was hung, I gathered up a few antiques I had around the kitchen and paired them with the milk bottles! 

I love how this little shelf turned out! I spray painted it an almond color, sanded the ridges and rubbed some antique glaze all over it. It goes well with my taste of antiques.

I had to give that letter press box on the right a new home because it was on the wall where I executed my junk pie plate project. Of course a mason jar always has to make it in every vignette I do. :)

This shelf is the perfect place to display little trinkets that are hard to find a home for like these old pastry and biscuit cutters. They were wedding gifts from my parents neighbors that watched me grow up. I use to play with their girls every evening after school. They have a home full of antiques!

Do you remember that feed sack I found along with my shelf on my picking adventure? I was going to turn it into a pillow but I think I want to leave it as a sack. It folds up nicely and gives the shelf styling some texture! I was happy to find a home for it.

The only bad part about this project is that once we hung the shelf, I could no longer have my coveted old shutter in that corner unleses it was leaned up flat against the pantry. That didn't look so good.

But, after seeing my shelf hung and how nicely everything flows together, I don't miss my shutter being there. In fact, I was able to turn my dining room corner into his new home!

The shutter is exactly what that room needed. I don't have a lot of extra furniture or wall hangings in there right now so it's kind of opened and airy. In fact, it still kind of echos in there. I think the shutter adds some coziness to the room. I think it would be fun to set an old chair in the corner next to it with a butter churn or something of that height. 

Happy, happy, happy shutter! :)

It's kind of amazing how one little change can spark new ideas in your home. I found new homes for several things during this project and they worked out for the better. The almond colored shelf and the milk bottles really reflect some light in that corner of my kitchen!

This little makeover project only cost me $12 for the shelf and a can of spray paint. I purchased the milk bottles for $3 a piece, the feed sack for $2 and the rest of the items I already owned. 

That's what I love about junky antiques. They are such an afordable way to brighten up a farm or lodge kitchen. Heck, even a modern kitchen could use some vintage love! So, I challenge you to go out this weekend and find yourself some finds for a few bucks and see how much they impact your space. You'll be surprised :)

Have a nice weekend everyone! 

I took this project to these parties:

Weekend Bloggy Reading

DIY Vintage Chic

One Project at a Time Link party - ABFOL

What did you make


  1. Love it!! I need to learn the antique glaze technique! Baby girl's room is going vintage, I think!

  2. Angie - so easy.... You will be addicted!

  3. Looks great! And the shutter in the corner works perfectly. Great job! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  4. Thanks, Becca! I linked up to your party. Thanks for the invite! :)

  5. I followed your link from pinterest. I was pleasantly surprised to see your picture to the right and how young you are. I didn't expect that based on the decor style. I love your pantry cabinet!!

  6. Emily, I am glad you were pleasantly surprised! I love old stuff and timeless decor that I know I'll enjoy for a long time. I know I will be changing paint colors, carpet, etc. in my life lifetime but those antiques will always stay!

  7. Love that shelf and all the things you put on it! It always takes me forever to decide how I want to hang shelves/pics, or arrange things!

  8. Thank you, Jocelyn! It takes me forever to actually execute a project but once I do, it just seems like everything falls into place. I love arranging stuff! Sometimes I wish I had my own store just so I can rearrange things all day :)


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